Apply to Collaborative Arts

Who Should Apply

The Collaborative Arts program is ideal for inventive experimentalists and performers who think and create outside the confines of one artistic area. We are looking for unique innovators whose artistic pursuits lead them to discover something entirely new.

Our program is ideal for independent-minded students who also want to work with other artists to generate interdisciplinary projects and performative work. Our students are curious, quirky, unconventional and willing to take risks. If you're interested in exploring the wonderful possibilities of working between disciplines, this may be the right place for you.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete the NYU Common Application and submit a Creative Portfolio.

1. NYU Common Application

You must complete the Common Application with the NYU Supplement. Please refer to NYU Undergraduate Admissions for more information about applying to NYU. Once you submit the Common Application successfully, you will receive an email confirmation from NYU within 2-3 business days with a link to access your applicant portal where you can submit your Creative Portfolio.

2. Creative PORTFOLIO

The following are all required componets for the Collaborative Arts Creative Portfolio:


Using your phone or laptop, record a 1-2 minute video that shows us who you are. We also want to know what excites you the most about our interdisciplinary program. Why pursue Collaborative Arts as opposed to a more discipline specific course of study?


Please submit a short bio (no longer than one page) that details your personal background, academic work, creative development, special skills, activities and hobbies. Think about what you want us to know about you, that isn’t included elsewhere in your application. 


We are interested in everything that makes you a creative maker, performer and thinker. Please submit examples of your original work from at least two different areas that best demonstrate your skills, interests and creative accomplishments. 

Performance: Any kind (1-3 videos 5 min max)
Visual: Photography, Drawing, Sculptures, Digital, Mixed-Media (5-8)
Video: Film, Animation, Experimental (1-3 videos 5 min max)
Music: Original songs, Compositions (2-3 recordings, 5 min max)
Writing: Stage Play, Screenplay, Poetry (5-10 pages)
Design: Website, Games, Interactive, Weird (links)
Anything else: That's not listed here!

Your ideas matter to us as much as your technical abilities. Provide a title for each work and a short written paragraph describing and analyzing each of your artworks and submissions. If you are showing a collaborative project, you must be the primary contributor or creator of the work.


Now that you’ve shared some of your work with us, we’re asking you to create something entirely new for this application. 

Using these three words as a guiding inspiration:


Create an original piece that incorporates and (re)presents these words in any combination, format, dimension, material or medium. 

We're interested in your unique interpretation and thought process. Be bold and inventive. Experiment! But please note - we value a DIY aesthetic and approach. You should not turn this into a big costly production. Use whatever tools and resources you have around you.

Provide a 200-word statement explaining how you used the three terms in your piece.


Application and Creative Portfolio Deadlines: 


Freshman Early Decision 1             Novemeber 1 November 15 December 15
Freshman Early Decision 2                          January 1 January 15 February 15
Freshman Regular Decision January 5 February 15 April 1
Internal Transfers March 1 April 1 May 
External Transfers April 1 April 1 May

If you have questions about what and how to submit, contact Collaborative Arts directly at